Rethinking the Impact of the Liberal Arts I: Astronomy

Posted: 09.07.2018 in Семинари, Теория

International Workshop
11-12. July 2018

From ancient time, the people has seen patterns in the night sky, which they named constellations. They were useful for the orientation of the sailors or in prediction of the seasonal river floodings. Where are we nowadays? The fields of Literature and Astronomy have in common the patterns of the beginning and creation of the world.
We will discuss how the patterns of these two fields have evolved through the history and if they are going to change in the far future.

Nothing seems to be further from the civil society than the lonely astronomer in a remote observatory. The contacts between artists, writers, philosophers and scientists, however, have played an important role in the development of civil societies. In Serbian history, the friendship between the physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla and the poet Laza Kostić has become an iconic example for this dialogue. This workshop will bring together young scientists from the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, The Slavonic Institute University of Cologne and The Faculty of Philology University of Belgrad to discuss the different roles that the sciences and the humanities can play in the formation of civil societies. Scholars and Students from each university will present examples from history and present astronomy influenced philosophers, musicians, writers, intellectuals. Two keynote presentations will introduce the participants to the research at Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade and the Max Planck Institut highlighting the research skills analyzing philosophical and artistic reception and asking for the possibilities to transfer these skills into social engagement.

The Program

Place: Alter Senat Saal, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Cologne
Organizers: Dragana Grbić and Kamelia Spassova

Wednesday, 11. July .2018 |  Tagungsraum (Seminargebäude)

10.00-10.30 Opening

Keynote Speaker

10.30-12.00 Milan M. Ćirković (Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade/ Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University): Mindhunter: Stanislaw Lem’s Vision of Postbiological Evolution and The Naturalistic Design


12.00-13.30: Lunch

Panel I, Moderator: Kamelia Spassova

13.30-14.00 Jörg Schulte (University of Cologne): How to Read Myth in the Sky

14.00-14.30 Kornelija Ičin (University of Belgrade): Революция и костры: Tрагедия “Иордано Бруно” Игоря Терентьева

14.30-15.00 Bogdana Paskaleva (Sofia University): Astronomy between Physics and Mathematics: The Emergence of Early Modern Cosmology

15.00-15.30  Robert Matthias Erdbeer (University of Münster): Outer Space from Inner Space. Public Secrets in Esoteric Astronomy

15.30-16.00 Witalij Morosow (St. Petersburg/Bernkastel-Kues): Himmelskörper und ihre Stellungen im naturphilosophischen Erbe des Nikolaus von Kues


16.00-16.30 Coffee break

Panel II, Moderator: Mariana Koliová

16.30-17.00 Dragana Grbić (University of Cologne, Institute for Literature and Arts, Belgrade): Comets in the sky of the Enlightenment

17.00-17.30 Uroš Đurković (University of Belgrade): Visions of Space: Atanasije Stojković’s Fizika

17.30-18.00 Nebojša Đorđević (University of Belgrade): The Ray of Serbian spiritual East: The motive of Light in The Life of St. Sava by Domentijan

18.00-18.30 Jelena Slavković (CIH, University of Belgrade): Sky hidden on the margins

18.30 -19.00 Valeriia Verbovaia (CIH, Higher School of Economics, Moscow): Nicephorus Gregoras´Non-Scientific Literature: an Astronomer or  Writer?

Thursday, 12. July 2018 | Alter Senatssaal (Hauptgebäude)

Keynote Speaker
10.00-11.30: Dario Colombo (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn):  Recognizing Patterns in the Sky: Synergies between Humans and Machines


11.30-13.00: Lunch

Panel III, Moderator: Dragana Grbić

13.00-13.30 Marianna Koliová (University of Cologne): Motif of Stars in the Poetry of Pavol Orzságh Hviezdoslav

13.30-14.00  Uroš Ristanović (CIH, University of Belgrade): Cosmic Journey in  Serbian Poetry of Nineteenth Century

14.00-14.30 Sofija Vujčić (CIH, Univerity of Belgrade): Cosmic Elements in Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj’s Creation

14.30-15.00 Tijana Koprivica (CIH, University of Belgrade):  Cosmism in Milan Dedinac’s Poetry

15.00-15.30 Kamelia Spassova (University of Cologne, Sofia University): Pattern Recognition in Philology: Analogy or Anomaly in Alexandria and Pergamum


15.30-16.00 Coffee break

Panel IV, Moderator: Bogdana Paskaleva


16.00-16.30 Nejc Robida  (University of Cologne): Poetry of Gregor Strniša and Astronomy

16.30-17.00 Miloš Gvozdenović (University of Belgrade): Literature about Science in Dragutin Ilić’s drama A million years after

17.00-17.30 Anastasia Lisina (CIH, Higher School of Economics, Moscow): Space is a Cold and Lonely Place: Futurism and Isolation in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner and Bladerunner 2049

17.30-18.00 Kristina Chernova (CIH, Higher School of Economics, Moscow): Songs about Space: Representing Space Exploration in Music

18.00-18.30 Tatiana Dettmer (University of Cologne): The Physicist Lev Shtrum. The Unknown Protagonist of a Famous Novel

18.30-19.00 Anna Gudkova (CIH, Higher School of Economics, Moscow): The stars in Bunin’s short novel “The fowls of the air”

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